Aug 2
The Science of Happiness – Tal Ben-Shahar

Last night I joined around 500 other people in the Camden Centre in London to hear a talk on The Science of Happiness by Dr Tal Ben-Shahar, organized by the UK’s leading happiness movement, Action for Happiness. As well as authoring several books, Tal Ben-Shahar lectured on positive psychology at Harvard University – in fact, […]

Sep 17
Should You Play to Your Signature Strengths or Not?

When I first came across the VIA Inventory of Character Strengths back in my 2007 MAPP class, I was curious to know whether all 24 strengths are the same in terms of their relationship to well-being. We’d read the 2005 research paper by Seligman and colleagues that suggests that using your strengths in new ways […]

Dec 19
Positive Psychology: Fit for Purpose?

Do Positive Interventions Ever Backfire? A few weeks ago someone started an interesting discussion on the ‘Friends of Positive Psychology’ Listserv by asking if using a gratitude activity had ever backfired. The question may have been prompted by a recently published study by Susan Sergeant and Myriam Mongrain in which a gratitude exercise not only […]

Feb 27
Which comes first, the inspiration or the well-being?

Some fantastic new (2010) research from Todd Thrash and colleagues suggests that inspiration leads to well-being (but not the other way round), and that purpose in life and gratitude are mediators. For the full story see my Positive Psychology News Daily posting here. As always, you can post your comments here and on the PPND […]

Oct 27
Positive Relationships at Work

Here’s a link to my posting to Positive Psychology News Daily this month, called      ‘Creating Strong Bonds in the Workplace’, which gives you some of the major theories and practical applications of positive psychology for developing positive relationships at work. As usual, feel free to leave your thoughts and comment here, or on […]

Mar 8
Is Yours a Psychologically Healthy Workplace?

The American Psychological Association has just announced the five winners of its 2009 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards. The statistics quoted are interesting: Their average turnover rate is 11% vs 39% nationally 85% of their employees reported being satisfied with their jobs vs 61% nationally 87% of their employees said they would recommend their organizations to […]

Feb 29
Have you got the Happiness Habit?

In my recent posting on Positive Psychology and Coaching I referred to Sonja Lyubomirsky’s new book, “The How of Happiness”. The video clip from 20/20 is a great intro to the science behind the book. The case of the identical twins is fascinating isn’t it? On Tuesday I was fortunate enough to take part in […]

Jan 5
The Benefit of Saying Thank You

Have you written your thank-you letters for all the gifts you received this Christmas? You might be interested to know that there’s been a great deal of research into the benefits of gratitude; grateful people, for example, report higher levels of life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and positive emotions, as well as lower levels of depression […]

Nov 28
Thanksgiving in 21st Century

Most people know that Thanksgiving is celebrated in North America on the 4th Thursday in November (i.e. last Thursday 22nd), and also in Canada in early October. Like our own Harvest Festival in September, this traditional holiday is an opportunity to give thanks for all the things that you have at the conclusion of the […]

Sep 16
Positive Interventions – Gratitude

A new slant on the Gratitude Diary. There is empirical research to suggest that writing a Gratitude Diary is an effective positive intervention; most studies to date have concentrated on writing a Gratitude Diary on a daily or weekly basis; we have blogged about this before, in March, June and August. Today a friend and […]

Aug 12
Using Your Strengths in New Ways – 3

How to Use Your Top 5 Character Strengths in New Ways – Part 3. If you’ve just completed the VIA-IS online survey and are wondering what to do with your Top 5 Strengths, read on… There’s increasing research to show that focusing on your strengths at work rather than on your weaknesses brings huge benefits, […]

Jun 25
Happiness Tools

Top 10 Happiness Tools Following on from yesterday’s post about the Open University Psychological Society’s Psychology of Wellbeing Conference , I’d like to share with you the Top 10 Happiness Tools, devised by Dr Richard Stevens, Dr Jane Henry, Linda Corlett and Nevia Mullan , which were tried and tested during the BBC2 documentary ‘Making […]

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